The No New Clothes Pledge

Lately I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating my particular foot print on this planet. We try to be as conscientious as possible- we cloth diaper, we buy in bulk to reduce packaging, we grow, forage and preserve food, we compost and recycle where we can, we are slowly replacing the plastic in our home with eco friendly bamboo, glass or metal. We only own one vehicle, leave town as little as possible, keep our electrical usage to a minimum….

But I am a clothes hound. And as is well documented, the fashion and clothing industry is responsible for a lot of waste and problems in our environment. Between fast fashion and non biodegradable fabrics, clothes account for BILLIONS of pounds of trash per year in America.

So this year, one of my resolutions is to break the cycle. I am ending my worst habit- clothes shopping for the sake of it. And I’m not the only one- here’s a lady in Australia, This fashionista, And a fellow mamma.

Here’s the plan

  1. No New Clothes- unless completely unavoidable
  2. When new clothes do have to be purchased, opt for natural fibers only
  3. Or, buy secondhand
  4. Or, make the item in question, myself. It is well within my wheelhouse
  5. New clothes for the kids are ok
  6. New clothing received as a gift is ok
  7. Go thru closet and categorize for maximum use.
  8. Weed out items that don’t “bring me joy” ala Marie Kondo style
  9. Repair or tailor anything that needs it

I’d like to think this will be easy peasy but I am notorious with my loved ones for buying clothes and always finding the good sale. I’ll have to use that energy on buying kids clothes and finding the best deals possible on household goods.

So, what are some ways you lessen your foot print on our very valuable environment?

Until next time, have a wicked good day!


Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

2 thoughts on “The No New Clothes Pledge

  1. Good on you. I feel the same. We came to France absolutely skint – long story. No clothes except Primark – not nice or moral. Still roughing it without hot water or toilet, but we came into an inheritance and needed clothes desperately, so bought. But going forward will be making as I have the machines and the atelier being built this year. Everything in Europe comes from China and its totally unacceptable. I always and still do buy second hand clothes and it will be a joy to make my own. I love fashion and the fashion houses, but its a different world and one I don’t belong to. So the sewing revolution commences in our own backyards. Now where is my pincushion!!!

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    1. We had a long go with our any extra money for things like clothes, so when we started doing well enough to even bargain shop for them, I went a bit nuts buying things. Plus I have the habit of holding on to things for years… like since high school. So I need the purge and I need to go back to the mentality I had when we couldn’t afford it anyway.. because really the cost to the environment is to great


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